Mar 30, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party 7 and Giveaway News

Happy Bead Soup 7 Blog Party! 
This is my yummy soup I received from my partner
I loved every last bead she sent!

 So  I set off to beating, sawing ,hammering, torching, aging, soldering, and 
beating some more!
I darkened up the cool toggle clasp just a wee bit. 
I absolutely loved the blown glass bead on the antique key focal Jennifer sent me in
her soup, and
wanted try to do it justice.
I started out attempting to use whole soup,as I loved it all . But, then pulled back
some and used some of the yummy green beads, toggle, my fav blown key bead, and
parted reluctantly with 2 of the gorgeous blown glass head pins she sent :)
I just loved the beautiful blown glass headpins that she made, and used them
for the drops. (I am hoarding the rest of these cool head pins right now , as I really do  love 
just looking at and admiring them  them in my studio)
This piece started out as part of a  36" LONG, brass sheet metal I just received from Indian Jewelers Supply. Not Rio Grande I know . I do adore Rio, but I was grinning ear to ear when that HUGE LONG box of metal goodness showed up at my door let me tell ya! If I only had a camera to show you it took me 20 full minutes to brake into that box! They had it sealed up tighter than Fort Knox!
Rio has much more toys to play with  though, they will always be my fav supplier :)
 I have  ideas in the wings for the rest of the gorgeous goodies in my soup .
They are projects still to come.

 4 new patterns to play with just posted on my Etsy!

Hope you enjoyed my Soup. I will be having fun visiting all my fellow soupers :)

There is still time to sign up for the Giveaway for a slot in the
"Fly" Assemblage Journal Exploration Online Workshop. 
You can enter by simply leaving a comment on this post 
I will be announcing the winner at 8pm April 1st.
                                          Come     See the rest of the party !

Mar 26, 2013

Workbench Stuff and News for Upcoming Workshop

Happy Tuesday!
It's totally snowing here on March 26th, but I am ignoring it!!

Last summer I fell in love with making these boho bangle bracelets, and 
made Lots of them!
 I took some along with me to the Country Living Show with me and made an
unfortunate discovery. Instead of using an accurate tape measure , (DUH)! I used my own wrist 
to measure the diameter of the bracelets, figuring that I was your pretty average joe. 
Well, apparently I have unusally small wrists! 
Now, of all the body parts to have freakishly petite , please.
We couldn't have pulled something better than that from the ol gene pool? 
Well this time I used a tape measure! 
2 5/8" in diameter.

I really fell in love with how this bead came out. It was made from a vintage
brass button. 

 They are full of yummy handmade beads, beautiful blue Amazonite stone beads, a couple of very lovely religious medals,
and hand died silk sari ribbon.

 "Hidden Heart"

“The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed.”

― Charlotte Bronte
                                               This is a framed antique tin type necklace I just finished. I haven't done
                  one in a while . I went through my stash and felt my pile of them was getting a little low lol. It        must be time to go tin type hoarding, shopping .

I made the hammered steel chain here in the studio.  
These will both be up in the Etsy Shop 
tomorrow morning :)

Don't forget you can still sign up for the  drawing for the 
free spot in the
"Fly " Workshop  !
 I know workshops, + supplies etc can add up quick. 
 Some news about the upcoming fly workshop!
You can now split the cost of the workshop up into 2 payments!!!
By choosing the 2 payment plan here on the blog , you can make one initial payment
of 40.00 at time of purchase, and one final payment on April 20th  !
If you are a newsletter subscriber , you can still get the $5.00 discount, making your
                   final payment on the 20th just 44.99. 

If you have any questions feel free to email me ,
I love hearing from you!